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Honolulu mayor vetoes bill to limit Uber, Lyft 'surge' fares

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor has vetoed a bill aimed at setting limits for what ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he wants to see new technology blend with old. The bill sought to prevent “surge pricing” rates getting...


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Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas ratify contract

Las Vegas Casinos Contracts

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, approved a new five-year contract Tuesday. The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against...


Lifestyle

NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones

Not Real News Hawaii Volcano Crystals

HONOLULU (AP) — The ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is not causing crystals to rain from the sky despite reports of residents finding little green gems in the area. “Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Is Literally Raining Gemstones Now, And We Want Some,” said a headline on sciencealert.com,...


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Ford celebrates purchase of iconic Detroit train station

Detroit Train Station Ford

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is celebrating its purchase of Detroit’s long vacant train depot that the company plans to redevelop for research and development of self-driving vehicles. The company’s executive chairman, Bill Ford, has used the Michigan Central depot as a backdrop while publicly...


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Ford, VW study commercial vehicle alliance that could grow

DETROIT (AP) — Ford and Volkswagen are exploring joint development of future commercial vehicles in a possible alliance that could lead to cooperation in other areas. The companies announced the collaboration in a statement on Tuesday. They said that any alliance would not involve cross ownership...


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American: Computer system behind cancellations 'stabilized'

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says it has “stabilized” a computer system that failed at one of its affiliate carriers, causing the cancellation of 2,500 flights over the past week. The failure occurred in computers used to schedule crews for PSA Airlines, which is owned by American and operates...


Business

Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

Meat War of Words

NEW YORK (AP) — If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called? That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment it’s pitting animal rights advocates and others against cattle ranchers in a war of words. Supporters of the science are embracing...


Lifestyle

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

Nina Simone's Birthplace

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for...


Business

Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels

Amazon Alexa Hotels

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge. Amazon has launched a version of Alexa for hotels that lets guests order room service through the voice assistant, ask for more towels or get restaurant recommendations without having to pick up the phone and call the front desk. Marriott has...


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Survey: Wedding registries morph into broader range

Weddings-Gift Registries

NEW YORK (AP) — Wedding registries remain popular and the nature of gifting has morphed into a broader range of options, including cash registries, that are being embraced by friends and family, a new survey shows. The average wedding registry was valued at $4,853 last year, featuring 125 items,...


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